Travel + Leisure: A-List 2017

If you want a specialized safari experience—a reptile-focused trip through southern Africa, for example—call Gordon, who was born in Kenya and worked for Wilderness Safaris in Namibia. Now in her mid 30s, she’s also particularly in tune with the demands of younger, time-crunched travelers.

Best for: couples/honeymooners, adventurers, families

Extras: In addition to go-to day trips such as the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Gordon can arrange exclusive experiences, such as a visit to Kiambethu Tea Farm, where travelers learn from owner Fiona Vernon how the Kenyan tea industry all began.

Other expertise: nature destinations in South America